Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. Travel blogger, Kate, shares her five-day journey to this beautiful island nation and Why she thinks that Iceland is Perfect for First-Time Solo Female Travelers.
Iceland is an easy and safe destination.
Iceland couldn’t be an easier place to travel. Nearly all Icelanders speak impeccable English, and there are English menus and signs everywhere you go. The country is built on tourism, and therefore the travel infrastructure is spectacular. In addition to that, crime in Iceland is extremely low.
Iceland is all about day tours and excursions.
Iceland has hundreds if not thousands of day tours, and they all focus on the same thing: Iceland’s beautiful and unusual natural environment. You could hike to natural hot springs like my sister Sarah did or go whale watching or puffin watching. On my trip, I went glacier hiking, snorkeling in Þingvellir National Park, and horseback riding. If you’re more low-key, you could do scenery tours, like the Golden Circle or a South Shore tour.
It’s a surprisingly doable weekend getaway.
The flight is five hours from the East Coast and there’s only a four-hour time difference. That’s a closer flight from Boston than Las Vegas. You could theoretically fly out on Thursday night, spend Friday exploring Reykjavik or doing a Golden Circle tour, go horseback riding or glacier hiking on Saturday, and hit up the Blue Lagoon on Sunday on the way to the airport.
Reykjavik has a lot of great cafes.
There are so many great cafes in this town! My favorite? The Laundromat Cafe, a fun and quirky place with an unbelievable skyr parfait. But there are cafes all over the place in Reykjavik, providing Icelanders with their daily java jolt.
Iceland can be easily built into another Europe trip.
If you’re going to visit a friend in London or meet up with a group in Spain, why not add on a few days on your own in Iceland? If you fly IcelandAir from North America, you can build in a stopover in Iceland for free before or after flying to your European destination.
It’s impressive. It’s mysterious. It’s exotic, in its own way. When you come home and casually drop your recent solo trip to Iceland into the conversation, you’ll get people’s attention — that’s for sure! I mean, LOOK at that waterfall and double rainbow!!!